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    Ohlins Shocks

    I just finished reading an article in the latest issue of Rider Magazine about rebuilding Ohlins shocks. According to the article Ohlins USA recommends servicing every 18-19000 miles or once a year at an approximate price for a BMW pair of shocks of $350.00. Does anyone out there actually do that? I mean I'm going to pay over $2000 for a pair of shocks for my 1200RT and I'm also going to be required to pay $350.00 per year for service? There's no doubt in my mind that Ohlins makes great shocks as I ridden a couple of bikes with them on, but I'm no professional roadracer and it's made me pause as if that's something I would ever want to install on my bike.
    I know it's not the same but I just purchase a pair of Koni FSD rear shocks for my diesel pusher motorhome, total price with shipping $340 from Koni. Guaranteed for life, no servicing required. Can't imagine any shock taking more of a pounding then these.
    If I was a racer again I would have no problem with the price for a pair of Ohlins and the servicing that would be required, but I gotta tell you, I think I'll look elsewhere when the time comes for me to replace my RT's shocks.

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    I had about 30,000 on Ohlins on my 1100rt when I sold it. It still rode better than my new 1200rt.
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    Running an Ohlins rear and a Wilbers front on my R11S. like to be redone about every 35K or so- could be done more frequently if i wanted to maximize performance rather than extend rebuld intervals.
    Dave http://fixmybike.com/Welcome.html rebuilt mine, you could expect to pay about $200, plus s/h (if necessary) for the pair.
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    If you talk to the suspension gurus, they say 20-30K miles, dependent on use. In the NE where smooth roads don't exist for more than one winter season, the lower interval might be prudent.

    That said it is a service, most places only get $50-$75/shock for disassembly, cleaning inspection and new oil. Most probably don't need much, maybe a seal or bushing which is only a few $$$ more.

    That said, I consider the $$ spent on quality suspension the best $$ i have spent on improving the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nplenzick View Post
    I just finished reading an article in the latest issue of Rider Magazine about rebuilding Ohlins shocks. According to the article Ohlins USA recommends servicing every 18-19000 miles or once a year at an approximate price for a BMW pair of shocks of $350.00. Does anyone out there actually do that? I mean I'm going to pay over $2000 for a pair of shocks for my 1200RT and I'm also going to be required to pay $350.00 per year for service? There's no doubt in my mind that Ohlins makes great shocks as I ridden a couple of bikes with them on, but I'm no professional roadracer and it's made me pause as if that's something I would ever want to install on my bike.
    I know it's not the same but I just purchase a pair of Koni FSD rear shocks for my diesel pusher motorhome, total price with shipping $340 from Koni. Guaranteed for life, no servicing required. Can't imagine any shock taking more of a pounding then these.
    If I was a racer again I would have no problem with the price for a pair of Ohlins and the servicing that would be required, but I gotta tell you, I think I'll look elsewhere when the time comes for me to replace my RT's shocks.
    The list price for shocks for my 97 RT is Front: $453.95 and Rear $963.79. If you find a dealer selling them for $350 for the pair, please let me know.
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    read that again Sibud- that $350 was for the price of servicing a set of Ollies, by Ohlins, not the price of purchasing anything other than parts & labor.
    My guy Dave said he's currently about $100 per shock for him to do them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    read that again Sibud- that $350 was for the price of servicing a set of Ollies, by Ohlins, not the price of purchasing anything other than parts & labor.
    My guy Dave said he's currently about $100 per shock for him to do them.
    I did read it again. The OP said "I just finished reading an article in the latest issue of Rider Magazine about rebuilding Ohlins shocks. According to the article Ohlins USA recommends servicing every 18-19000 miles or once a year at an approximate price for a BMW pair of shocks of $350.00."
    Emphasis added

    He was comparing the service cost to buying a new pair of BMW shocks at the rate of $350.00 for a pair. BMW shocks can not be serviced so he had to be talking purchase price.

    I was only pointing out that one can not buy a pair of BMW shocks for $350. The front shock alone is much more than that.

    So the $350 per pair Ohlin service seems like a bargain to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    I did read it again. The OP said "I just finished reading an article in the latest issue of Rider Magazine about rebuilding Ohlins shocks. According to the article Ohlins USA recommends servicing every 18-19000 miles or once a year at an approximate price for a BMW pair of shocks of $350.00."
    [/COLOR] Emphasis added

    He was comparing the service cost to buying a new pair of BMW shocks at the rate of $350.00 for a pair. BMW shocks can not be serviced so he had to be talking purchase price.

    I was only pointing out that one can not buy a pair of BMW shocks for $350. The front shock alone is much more than that.

    So the $350 per pair Ohlin service seems like a bargain to me.

    YMMV
    dude, you are still wrong. try my red highlights as a sentence. now, think "pair of BMW shocks" means "a pari of Ohlins mounted upon a BMW motorcycle"

    why would Ohlins be discussing rebuilding of BMW shocks?

    i do agree with you on the idea of buying Ollies (or Wilbers or Bitubos or Penskes or HyperPros or or or ....) and paying for annual or biannual rebuilds over getting another set of stock suspenders. the ride and control is so far beyond stock that it is jsut reeedickulous.
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    I read it and understood it the same way Bud did. maybe we're just getting old...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    dude, you are still wrong. try my red highlights as a sentence. now, think "pair of BMW shocks" means "a pari of Ohlins mounted upon a BMW motorcycle"

    why would Ohlins be discussing rebuilding of BMW shocks?

    i do agree with you on the idea of buying Ollies (or Wilbers or Bitubos or Penskes or HyperPros or or or ....) and paying for annual or biannual rebuilds over getting another set of stock suspenders. the ride and control is so far beyond stock that it is jsut reeedickulous.
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    A major issue with the high end aluminum bodied shocks is their wear rate, it sucks. The aluminum body makes for great heat dissipation, but you pay the price in shock life. This is why I think (others may know better than me) that if you are going on an expidition you might be better off taking the stock steel shocks than the Ohlins.

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    Just to clarify
    $350.00 is an approximate price to service a pair of Ohlins for a BMW as per the Rider article.
    I fully understand that their great shocks as I mentioned in OP
    It's the service that their saying that's required that bothers me.
    It appears that of the people responding that their not servicing their shocks as per this article per Ohlins, once a year or 18,000 miles.
    This just seems excessive to me for a street bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carockwell View Post
    A major issue with the high end aluminum bodied shocks is their wear rate, it sucks. The aluminum body makes for great heat dissipation, but you pay the price in shock life. This is why I think (others may know better than me) that if you are going on an expidition you might be better off taking the stock steel shocks than the Ohlins.
    At the price of these shocks I would be surprised that they do have some sort of Nikasil plating or such to help protect from the wear you mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
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    To the OP. Sorry I misread your original post.
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